About the Course
Indigenous storytelling is a foundation for holistic learning, relationship building, and experiential learning. Indigenous cultures have long passed on knowledge from generation to generation through oral traditions, including storytelling. This presentation will explore the dimensions of storytelling as a traditional method used to teach about cultural beliefs, values, customs, rituals, history, practices, life lessons and ways of being in relationship with creation.
Wahsonti:io Hill, Mohawk, Turtle clan of the Rotinonhsion:ni or People of the Longhouse, born and raised at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. A mother of twelve and grandmother of nineteen with a very large extended family. Traditional practices are a conscientious part of my life. Currently a lead kindergarten teacher at Skaronhyase’ko:wa Tsi Yontaweya’tahkwa - Everlasting Tree School, a Waldorf inspired Mohawk immersion school. I’ve had a lengthy career in Rotinonhsion:ni determined education that began in 1986 with a calling to work with the youngest children. Working in an Immersion education setting is my passion where I can participate in the reversal of the effects of the residential school system by assisting children and their families in recapturing and strengthening language and culture. I also work with community projects to develop programming to re-culture Rotinonhsion:ni women. It’s my life's work to be a student of life to strengthen and deepen my understanding of the ancestral wisdoms through language and consciously living an interconnected relationship with creation.
Indigenous Language Revitalization Certificate
Bachelor of Onkwehonwe Language Degree
Adult Immersion in Mohawk Language
Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy
Early Childhood Waldorf Teacher Certification
Introduction to Pikler Child Development
New Adult Educator
Ontario Teacher Certification